Your Team of Advisors

We are your medical school application coaches, mentors, & cheerleaders

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, MD

One phrase to Describe why I love Advising StudentsEnabling students to reach their full potential 
HometownCerritos, California
UndergraduatePrinceton University, Cum Laude,
Major: Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Medical SchoolStanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine

What I Did After College: 

  • With the World Health Organization in the Philippines, I created new partnerships between city governments and public/private health clinics to improve Hepatitis B vaccination rates among newborns
  • Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
  • Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
  • Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies about marketing strategies and business development
  • Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department, using iPads to educate patients about various health topics
Activities I am Passionate About: 

  • Mentoring and advising students
  • Integrating ideas from other industries to improve healthcare delivery
  • Health Education – enabling people with information to improve their health
  • Business and Medicine: Health technology & entrepreneurship
  • Design thinking

Major Awards Won: Fulbright Scholar, USA Today All-Academic First Team (top 20 students in America), Fulbright Scholar, Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist, Coca-Cola Scholar, Merck Global Health Scholarship, Tylenol Scholarship, Stanford Medical Research Scholar, Stanford Children’s Health Innovations for Patient Care Grant, TED Med Ambassador, California Medical Association Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National Merit Scholar

Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

One phrase to Describe why I love Advising Students: Helping students attend their dream schools
HometownKalamazoo, Michigan
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Public Health Studies
Master’s in Public Health: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on a Marshall Scholarship
Masters in Medical Anthropology: School of Oriental & African Studies on a Marshall Scholarship 
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Stanford, Pediatrics
Current Position: Stanford Pediatrics, Hospitalist & Clinical Instructor

What I Did After College: 

  • Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities
  • Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian orphans
  • Co-authored a book about public health interventions aimed at decreasing child malnutrition
  • World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program

Activities I am Passionate About: 

  • Programs aimed at reducing neonatal and child mortality
  • Advising students for national and international scholarships
  • Hospital and community quality improvement intervention

Major Awards Won: Marshall Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Dean’s List, Tylenol Scholarship, and Stanford Medical Research Scholar, Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist

Our Story

The Cracking Med School Admissions authors met while they were Stanford medical school students in 2011. Pre-meds from their undergraduate institutions – Princeton, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia Universities – reached out to them for advice with their medical school applications. Soon, their friends referred their friends and siblings. The Cracking Med School Admissions authors would even hold mock interviews in their dorm rooms. 

Seeing a great need for medical school application advising, Rachel, Rishi, James, and Devin decided to write a book: Cracking Med School Admissions, Advice from Students Who’ve Been There. They loved medical school admissions advising so much that they hosted workshops and book signings around California. Fast forward to the present day… The Cracking Med School Admissions team members are now residents and attendings. They are so passionate about medical school and scholarship advising that they continue to run Cracking Med School Admissions.

We are excited to work with you!

Our Students Have Been Accepted at These Schools

Johns Hopkins
University of Pennsylvania
Mount Sinai
Boston University
New York Medical College Georgetown
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington University

University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Riverside
Loma Linda
Oregon Health Sciences University
Eastern Virginia

Washington University in St. Louis
University of Texas – Southwestern
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Michigan State
University of Chicago
Case Western
Medical College of Wisconsin
Wayne State
University of Iowa

University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida

DO Programs:

Touro College in New York
Touro University California
Touro University Nevada 
University of Toledo
Western University
Midwestern University / Arizona College
Midwestern University / Chicago College
Michigan State University

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Our Mission
Our Promise

To have quick turnaround times and
to be extremely supportive

Our Essence

We believe every applicant has a UNIQUE story:
unique life circumstances, unique undergraduate background,
unique skills, and unique experiences. 

This is why we are EXCITED to get to know each applicant.
And we will make sure you STAND OUT to the admissions committee.

In the Community

The Cracking Med School Admissions team is passionate about giving back to our community.
We partner with post-bacc programs, University pre-med advising, pre-health frats / sororities, non-profits, and other healthcare organizations. Together, we host workshops and book signings about how to get into medical school. 

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We are passionate about improving healthcare. We want to help you get into medical school and improve healthcare too.

contact Us. We can't wait!

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